OUR HOME GROWN GOLDEN GIRL MARGOT ROBBIE ON WHY IT’S SO GOOD TO BE BAD
It doesn’t take long for fame to take its toll, so it’s lucky Margot Robbie has friends in high places.
“It has been great to have someone like Will (Smith) to go to for advice. I hve said to him: ‘How do I deal with this? What do I do? I’m so confused.’”
No doubt she’s a little sensitive after the worldwide media storm over Vanity Fair’s cover story, ‘The summer of Margot Robbie’, in which the writer made some seriously strange remarks including: “Australia is America 50 years ago, sunny and slow, a throwback, which is why you go there for throwback people.” Erm...
Robbie retorts. “Oh yeah, he was so right. We’re not even using the internet yet. We still have fax machines – but apparently we’ll be getting it soon!”
Fiercely patriotic, she says: “It was bizarre. I didn’t really understand what he was getting at. It was definitely not an accurate portrayal of Australia at all and anyone who’s been there knows it’s an incredible country full of wonderful people. It has a film industry and more and more jobs are going there.
“Actually, I’m hoping to have a new film there soon so I have an excuse to be home.”
In New York with her costar Will Smith to promote Suicide Squad, she is grappling with a barrage of personal questions while attempting to promote the movie.
“Now that I’ve been in these kinds of scenarios (having just promoted Tarzan) I’m starting to learn that people have a fascination with celebrities. It’s ironic because I chose acting so I wouldn’t have to talk about myself but everyone just wants to know what’s happening in my personal life. I can tell you every detail of ( Suicide Squad character) Harley Quinn’s childhood but I don’t want to tell you about mine. It’s really odd that people just want to know about you,” she says.
She also laments that her good looks are often the bigger subject matter than her burgeoning movie star career.
“I think it’s a common frustration for actresses. We work so hard on story and filmmaking and then for that to be pushed aside and everyone to only ask about their costume or the aesthetic, that’s a frustration that I share (with) a lot of actresses.”
Though in the case of Harley Quinn, her costume (sure to be popular this Halloween), cannot be ignored. Robbie grins. “Well, I love the costume. It shows that this is a bad-ass chick who doesn’t give a sh--. She’s wearing it for herself; she’s not wearing it for anyone else.”
Harley Quinn is a “bad girl” from the Batman universe. She is The Joker’s lover, sidekick and victim of an abusive relationship with him. “I’ve known people who stay in abusive relationships, and you think, why?” she says.
Jared Leto succeeds Heath Ledger as the famed ubervillain. A method actor, Leto didn’t break character during the shoot.
His onset antics have been well documented and were incredibly bizarre. As a little “look forward to working with you” gift, he sent his co-stars anal beads, bullets and even used condoms.
Robbie says of Leto staying in character: “It was weird at first, but then it was just ‘Mr J’. You didn’t think of him as Jared at all and it seemed normal after a while.”
She adds: “I didn’t envy the position Jared was in. Fortunately I didn’t have to step into a character that has already been played on screen and I was grateful for that, but also grateful that I was considered to be among that league of brilliant actors.”
Ledger, of course, was awarded a posthumous Oscar, in 2009, for his unforgettable rendition of The Joker.
“I totally thought about Heath. His performance was iconic.” She pauses. “I wish I’d gotten to work with him. I would have absolutely loved it but I never even got to meet him. He’s someone I have deep respect for and think he was a brilliant actor and by the sounds of it, an amazing guy.”
She didn’t have to look far for inspiration to inhabit the role of Harley Quinn. “I drew a lot from my nephew. He’s 8 years old and really cheeky,” she laughs.
“You see the world through different eyes at that age.”
To Robbie’s credit, word-ofmouth buzz in Hollywood is that she’s the best part of the movie. Clearly, it was a role she relished. “I’m not done playing Harley,” she declares. She’s in talks for Harley Quinn to star in her own spin-off. “I’m still pinching myself this is all happening,” she says.
Suicide Squad opens today
Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in a scene from Suicide Squad.